It was Mr. Vanderbilt’s desire that his estate, mansion, and museum would be an informal educational facility that “promotes an appreciation and understanding of the marvelous diversity of life, other cultures, and scientific knowledge.”
The Vanderbilt Museum has made that wish its mission and offers year-round fun and educational programs for children. In addition to programming for schools and scout groups, programs include hands-on creative workshops and activities that make learning fun for children.
Vanderbilt education programs are aligned with NYSED Learning Standards and Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Education Framework. Each year, the Museum publishes an education booklet for regional schools. The publication outlines programs on natural history, marine life, Long Island Gold Coast history, and architecture for various grade levels. The education booklet includes planetarium-based science and astronomy programs.